Articles by Stephen Bowen

Luke Holm teaches an eighth-grade English language arts class at the College Connections Academy in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

How Maine’s schools could save $38 million

By Stephen Bowen on March 17, 2015, at 2:15 p.m.
The business parks around Columbus, Ohio, look like business parks most anywhere, with mile after mile of non-descript office buildings lining the suburban streets in seemingly all directions. This isn’t the kind of place where one typically finds innovation in the way schools and school districts do their work, but …

Stephen Bowen: Every student deserves a great education

By Stephen Bowen on May 12, 2013, at 11:48 a.m.
Ignoring a problem has never made it go away. But that’s exactly what some are suggesting Gov. Paul LePage and the Maine Department of Education do after our new A-F grade system was announced last week. Those opposed to the state’s first true school accountability grading model argue that poor …

Political mailer makes inaccurate claims about charter schools

By Stephen Bowen on Nov. 04, 2012, at 9:57 a.m.
It’s the height of the silly season when politicians and others with points of view and axes to grind say and write things that make little sense in order to get the people they want elected or not elected. So I probably should not be so surprised. In fact, in …

School choice lifts ‘tyranny of town line’

By Stephen Bowen on Feb. 14, 2012, at 5:37 p.m.
The Bangor area is home to a number of communities in which parents and families have school choice options, so the Feb. 9 BDN editorial describing school choice as “dangerous” was something of a surprise. More surprising, though, was the paper’s embrace of one of the most troubling arguments against …

Top priorities for LePage

By Stephen Bowen on Jan. 03, 2011, at 7:45 p.m.
Former Waterville Mayor Paul LePage will become governor tomorrow, and bright and early Thursday morning, he will begin the hard work of turning around Maine’s ship of state. A prediction for …

Maine’s next top education official faces hard challenges

By Stephen Bowen on Dec. 20, 2010, at 6:31 p.m.
With inauguration day fast approaching, Gov.-elect Paul LePage and his team have been working around the clock to fill positions in his administration.

Wis. welfare reform a model for Maine

By Stephen Bowen on Dec. 06, 2010, at 6:31 p.m.
Gov.-elect Paul LePage and his team have a pile of work in front of them. A generation of Democratic rule has left the state burdened by high taxes, high health care and energy costs, and the …

A more efficient Legislature

By Stephen Bowen on Nov. 22, 2010, at 8:51 p.m.
With voters having given them complete control of the State House for the first time in almost 50 years, Republicans have the opportunity to remake much of state government. The Legislature would be …

Republicans, now is the time to lead

By Stephen Bowen on Nov. 08, 2010, at 6:38 p.m.
After more than 40 years in the wilderness, Maine’s Republicans have reached the Promised Land. They will, very shortly, take complete control of the state Legislature, and with Gov.-elect …

Ten questions for candidate Mitchell

By Stephen Bowen on Oct. 25, 2010, at 6:24 p.m.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Libby Mitchell has talked a great deal about her experience, but not quite as much about her actual record. I’ve looked at it, and I have a few questions for …

LePage has idea to transform education

By Stephen Bowen on Oct. 11, 2010, at 11:48 p.m.
Though jobs and the economy are doubtless weighing heavily on the minds of Maine voters this election season, transforming the state’s schools has emerged as a major issue in the race to become …
This artwork by M. Ryder relates to the Congressional debate over immigration and the recent marches against proposed legislation making undocumented aliens, and those who assist them, felons.

Maine’s welfare abuse a matter of policy

By Stephen Bowen on Sept. 27, 2010, at 8:52 p.m.
It is hard for me to believe, but it was nearly nine years ago that the first OpEd column I ever wrote appeared in the Bangor Daily News. A lot has changed since then. My oldest daughter, then 2, …